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Historic Preservation

ursuline college historic preservation Our Mantra: Heritage: Investigate. Protect. Inspire.

Our Mission: at Ursuline College's Undergraduate Program in Historic Preservation is to prepare tomorrow's leaders to make sustainable and unique contributions to their world by preserving cultural memory and its lessons. At Ursuline, Historic Preservation is a commitment as well as a discipline and a profession.

Our Cornerstone: Historic Preservation is as much about the future as it is the past.

Welcome! to Historic Preservation at Ursuline where diversity and breadth of experience transform your interests into a career to last a lifetime. We are glad that you are considering joining us for your educational journey into a profession that preserves cultural memory while also providing sustainable solutions for your community.

Your undergraduate years should be full of rewarding adventures in which you focus on three things.

1. Honing those skills that will serve you throughout your life and profession (a.k.a. what employers really want): critical analysis, verbal and written communication, creative thinking, teamwork, organization, time management, self-motivation, initiative, problem solving.

2. Exploration of a wide range of subjects with intense study in those one or two fields that you dearly love.  Read this brief article from the Chronicle of Higher Education for a little affirmation:  (http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/castingoutnines/2010/11/04/want-a-job-major-in-what-you-enjoy/

3. Gathering experiences outside of the classroom that provide you with insight into the career paths open to you and portfolio items useful for showcasing your talents during job interviews

And it all starts with choosing your program and your school.

What’s special about our program and why is it right for you?  Our:

  • Faculty members are engaged professionals with specialized skills who actively involve you in projects outside as well as inside the classroom.
  • Unique location allows easy access to cityscape, ethnic neighborhoods, rural villages, and Amish farmsteads, all actively used as learning laboratories.
  • Focus on your personal interests and the building of a professional portfolio to prepare you for entering the profession.
  • Recognition by the National Council for Preservation Education for the strength of our curriculum.
  • Approach to the intellectual and emotional connection to the natural and built environment through the lens of personal experience in exploring issues of historic significance in relation to majority and minority populations, to groups that have been silent as well as those that are vocal, and to the role gender plays in the social construct and perception of place.
  • Strong intersections between Ursuline’s liberal arts tradition and the needs of the Historic Preservation profession in the 21st century. 

And remember our BRIDGE program.  This allows you to smoothly transition from your undergraduate degree into our Master’s program in Historic Preservation, using undergraduate coursework that counts toward your graduate degree.  Check out our curriculum pages to see how this makes economic Sense.

We hope that the information on these Historic Preservation webpages and the links provided here help answer your initial questions while raising new inquiries and enthusiasm.  Please browse our website, contact us if you have any questions, and plan to call or visit us soon to chat about how our program can help you explore your fascination for historic preservation and achieve your career goals.  We look forward to helping you along a rewarding journey toward a career in historic preservation.

Best regards,
Bari Oyler Stith, Ph.D.
Director, Historic Preservation

Aspiring Historic Preservationists:

  • explore the richness and depth of our cultural identity and experience.
  • mine the remnants of the past to interpret the VALUES and lessons in the cultural landscapes, innovative architecture and artifacts we create.
  • develop the skills to identify the most meaningful and sustainable elements of our created environment.
  • enVISION the path to assure that cultural heritage resources enrich quality of life.
  • find their VOICE to protect and enhance appreciation of our cultural legacy.

Our Keystone

Ursuline's classroom extends to all of northeastern Ohio with its incredible diversity
  • Centuries-old Cleveland with its
    • ever-changing downtown and lakefront
    • fascinating ethnic neighborhoods
    • graceful suburbs
    • charming New England-style communities
    • traditional Amish culture areas
    • lovely, rolling, farm-dotted countryside
"Our classrooms have no walls, but our projects do!"

Ursuline's students enjoy access to resources that include

  • World class museums and organizations
    • Cleveland Museum of Art
    • Cleveland Orchestra with its historic home at Severance Hall
  • National Historic Landmarks
    • Cleveland Arcade
    • Lawnfield, James A. Garfield National Historic Site
    • Stan Hywet Hall and Garden
    • And scores of National Register properties
  • National Heritage Areas
    • Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canal Way
  • Nationally known public history and preservation institutions
    • Cleveland Museum of Natural History with its Green City/Blue Lake Institute
    • Cleveland Restoration Society
    • Intermuseum Conservation Association
    • Lakeview Cemetery
    • Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
    • Western Reserve Historical Society with its Library/Archives and Hale Farm and Village Living History Museum - all Smithsonian Associates
  • Local specialized architectural firms
  • Professional conferences and symposiums, including the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Heritage Ohio, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Historic Preservation Symposium, and Ohio Academy of History.

Historic Preservation Fact Sheet